Structure of apprenticeships

Last updated: 6 Feb 2024, 10:47

SOLAS is the agency with responsibility for apprenticeship programmes, an area that is undergoing considerable growth.

The structure of apprenticeships

An apprenticeship is a standard based education and training programme. During your apprenticeship you will be required to follow a specific course of training and undergo a series of assessments to confirm that you’ve reached the required industry standard. Apprenticeships generally comprise of seven phases, three off-the-job and four on-the-job. There are exceptions to the above, such as Aircraft Mechanics, Floor/Wall Tiling and Industrial Insulation.

Off-the-job training

  • Phase 2: Training Centre
  • Phase 4: Institute of Technology or College of Further Education
  • Phase 6: Institute of Technology or College of Further Education.

At present the general duration of apprenticeship is a minimum of four years provided that the following is complied with:

  • Attend all off-the-job training phases when scheduled
  • Pass all the on-the-job assessments at the first attempt
  • Pass all the on-the-job assessments and ensure results are returned to your local Training Advisor.

On-the-job training

Employers have responsibility for providing on the job training. Apprenticeships have a minimum of 50% on-the-job training. For further information click here .

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